Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday cited his success in fostering an inclusive, functional democracy from the debris of a collapsed socio-political structure in Bihar as the biggest achievement of his four-year rule.
"I draw pride and inspiration from my government's ability to restore a vibrant democracy to the state in which the people live free of fear and draw confidence from the restoration of rule of the law", Nitish said, while releasing the fourth annual report card of his tenure.
The Chief Minister said his reservation initiatives for SCs, EBCs and women had facilitated a greater sense of justice among the weaker sections of the society. They had also created a greater stake in the well-being of Bihar among the most disadvantaged Biharis.
"To achieve all this and maintain the momentum forward is no ordinary thing in a place like Bihar which had been on a downward trajectory for many years (when I assumed office in November 2005)", he observed.
Nitish said his government had shown that 'impossible' Bihar could not only be run but run well enough for others to emulate it. In this context, he cited 50 per reservation given to women in panchayats and its empowering impact.
The Chief Minister said communal amity, compensation for Bhagalpur riot victims and return to school of 15 lakh out-of-school children were among the other feathers in the cap of his government.
He cited the Central Water Commission's diktat that Bihar could not use Ganga basin water for generating electricity as the latest example of the "gross injustice" that the Centre was heaping on the State.
Denying the special category state status to Bihar, announcing a package for Bundelkhand but not clearing the Rs 14,808-crore Kosi package and not reimbursing Rs 711 crore spent by the state on national highways, were some other examples of the Centre's 'unfair' approach.
Nitish said each time nature had tested Bihar, he had sought to turn adversity into opportunity. "If required, I am prepared to face floods next year in the same spirit, adding his final performance report would come around June next year.
About the low RJD marking of his regime's performance, he said the fact that the marking had not been negative was a tacit acknowledgement that something good had been done in the past four years.